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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Time is winding down for people who want to avoid taking the new version of GED tests.

The new version of the test will be begin in January and will feature several changes including making the exam computer based and adding a cost. If test takers have passed part and not all of the test, they must do so by December 13th or all their previous scores will be wiped out from the system.

Austin Muse is preparing to take the GED this weekend. An exam he said will help him reach his future goals.

"I want to go to college, I want a career and to do that I have to have a GED," Muse said. "I just wanted to knock it out before January hits and I'll have a chance now."

And Austin is not alone, his younger brother is also studying to take the exam. After dropping off his brother at the Valley View Adult Education Center a few times, Jacob decided to take the exam too.

"He was already here and we were like well you've got to do it too," Jacob Muse said.

Jacob said he's grateful to go through this process with his brother.  

"It's really supportive, like if I need to ask him something or we can discuss stuff that happened and see where each other went wrong or where it went good," he said.

Like Austin and Jacob, many people are trying to complete all parts of the GED test before the new test starts in January.

"We've been a lot busier and our classrooms have been filled. People are trying to get this done. The last date to take the test under the current test is December 13," said director of the Valley View Adult Education Center, Steve Clayton.

Clayton said the new version of the test will come with several changes.

"It was be a computer based test, solely on the computer, and the new test is in line with the common core so subjectively it will be a more difficult test a lot more intensive," Clayton said.

And there is a possibility, after June, the test would cost up to $120 dollars. But Clayton said this exam is important to a person's future.

"It is so financially advantageous to get your GED because it is not a blue collar world anymore," he said.

Clayton said they will have two more test dates this year: November 23-24 and December 12- 13.

Clayton said if anyone is interested in taking this exam they should come by the Valley View Adult Learning Center as soon as possible.

You can also call the center at 970-935-6205.

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